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DM wins Special Achievement in GIS Awards

Dubai Municipality has won the Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Awards in a ceremony held at the annual Esri International User Conference (Esri UC) in California. The SAG Awards acknowledge innovative and intelligent applications of GIS technology.

“The civic body was selected for the effective use of the Cartography. Cartography is the study and ?practice of making maps. Combining science, aesthetics, and technique, cartography builds on the ?premise that reality can be modeled in ways that communicate spatial information effectively,” said Eng. Abdul Hakim Malik director GIS department at Dubai Municipality.

“Modern cartography is largely integrated with geographic information science (GIScience) and ?constitutes many theoretical and practical foundations of geographic information systems,” he said. “Each year, the SAG Awards highlight extraordinary achievements and efforts to improve our world. We deserve this recognition as we did our best to apply geospatial technology to address the needs of our industries and community,” he added.

Organizations from around the world honored at the Esri UC span industries including agriculture, cartography, climate change, defense and intelligence, economic development, education, government, health and human services, telecommunications, and utilities.

Having received the award, Engineer Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality said that the GIS Department at Dubai Municipality is responsible for all geographic data within the emirate and it seeks to ensure the development of this area in collaboration with government agencies in other emirates as well.

“Our Smart map of the city has been selected for its importance in identifying locations and landmarks in the city, searching for services and other smart uses,” he said. “We are delighted to receive this prestigious award, which is a great honor by the International Environmental Systems Research Institute in the United States of America,” he added.

He also thanked the GIS department and its employees for brining this prestigious award to the civic body.